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just when am that high- speed rail get built? are we any closer? here's the latest. a local author explains how a deal to make her off or an hbo series fell through to be replaced by a better offer. get a look at the 11th san francisco documentary film festival. i'm susan sykora. next on "bay area focus."
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. welcome to the show. i'm susan sikora. we begin with an update on california's plans for high- speed rail. and so, we welcome back the executive director of the transportation institute. welcome back. >> nice to be here. thank you. >> before we get started on this, we want to know the update on everything here. let's go with the events of the past week here with the hurricane/super storm sandy. really devastating and putting out of commission all the mass
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transportation in the new york metropolitan area. what if something like that happened here? would we be prepared? >> no place can be prepared for that. it shuts down the economy. >> yeah. >> and you stay home. you go to high ground. but, as a matter of fact, the mass transportation system is the last to be shut down. the highways went down first. >> uh. >> the bridges went down first. so, really mass transportation system is what saved the area longer. if there was an emergency evacuation, the mass transportation systems would be activated to get people out of the area. >> okay. and in terms of in the bay area, though, if that happened here. let's say for us, it probably would be, i don't have a crystal ball, but like a major earthquake that would all of a sudden, everything was on safety and you couldn't do it. is there a plan in place? >> absolutely. the metropolitan transportation commission has an emergency evacuation plan, emergency reaction plan. it was used in the 1989
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earthquake. >> uh. >> and it was rephoned at that time. there are emergency plans. >> but. >> remember, the emergency plans rely heavily on mass transportation. >> right. >> the highways go down first. >> yeah, if the mass transportation is functioning to a certain point, at some point, if it all stopped as it has done because of sando the east coast, you said it will impact the economy. i would assume that we could not get everything up and running all of a sudden overnight, the same way they dealing with it? >> it will take a month for them to get back into full action. there is a whole study process called business recovery, and the people exercise it here in the state of california. >> yeah. >> to practice on how you get your businesses back into operation. >> uh-huh. okay. speaking of operations, let's come back closer to home in terms of future plans of the high-speed rail. should go from meseed to -- yeah, to anaheim ultimately? >> the first project, which will begin next year, is from
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just south of meseed, the place called chowchilla, south of fresno and to bakersfield. >> stop there for a minute. i can't ask you this. why chow chilla? it's hardly something i think about. >> let me explain. chowchilla is where the line turns west to come to gil right. so, if they go to what is called the chowchilla y. >> huh. >> w-y-e, the y-shaped thing that the tracks make and they can come west to gil roy. >> okay, and gil roy is important. >> gil roy. >> the garlic festival, all of that. every other time gil roy's important because? >> it's the way into the bay area. >> uh. >> they come under the pacheco pass and tunnels into gil roy and north along the current union pacific right-of-way on to san jose and into san francisco. >> okay, i'm looking at the footage here. we have seen this a couple of times. i know it's an artist's rendition. okay. when are we going to see the
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real thing? we have a green light now, right? >> this is the access into sacramento. >> uh-huh. >> and, indeed, you will see this now. and this is going ahead. the construction will begin in the central valley between fresno and bakersfield. >> uh-huh. >> and this is in 2013 welcome did. >> right. >> and -- 2013. >> right. >> and seeing ecthink its to l.a. and anaheim and north from chowchilla into gil roy and santa fe and san francisco. >> when this is done, i don't care error if i'm using a walker. i will get on and i might stop in chowchilla first. >> you may not be able to. >> that's right. >> and let's go to, in terms of -- it seems like. >> to go now. >> yes.
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>> and the president pledged a stimulus of 3.5 ms. >> for california. >> yeah, and we want to be selfish for a half an hour, $3.5 million. the question is, if this week's election doesn't re-elect this president, could anything be jeopardized or is it set in stone? >> it's setno in stone for the $3.4 million for the central valley portion. >> uh-huh. >> and beyond that, depends on the re-election of this president who has made high- speed rail his priority. >> what about mitt romney? has anyone from your group talked to mitt romney say if you're elected, do you plan to support our efforts? >> i don't want to be political. >> uh-huh. >> on your show. >> okay. >> but there has not been enthusiasm coming from the romney camp in regard to high- speed rail. >> okay. keep that in mind, i guess. all right, a couple of criticisms that have been, on the table, let's see your
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response of late. the first one, a lot of people said it's too expensive and chances are, i will take a political moment here and if romney is elected in over the president right now, then chances are that might be something he will say. it's expensive and cutting things. that is the whole feel, right in. >> it's no more expensive than high-speed rail all over the country. >> uh. >> and it's less expensive than. some again, we have high-speed rail and operations in 30 countries in the world. and under construction in 30 more. >> do the costs go up the longer we wait? >> oh, yes. >> inflation affects construction projects more. >> yeah. >> than it affects the average cost of living. so, when you delay a project, the inflation really makes the project much more expensive. >> uh-huh. >> and, of course, if you delay it, we don't get to use it in terms of stimulating our economy. >> right. >> and also, there have been environmental concerns. i think especially if people
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who might be -- with the drain in the backyard. what do you think? >> some their is concern that people are near the project don't want it in their backyard. >> right. >> and they have a right to be concerned and voice their concern and they have to be taken into considerations. >> uh-huh. >> they have been addressed now not to build outside of the current right-of-way on the peninsula. >> okay. >> and finally, some said the starter route is too far away from l.a. or san francisco. your response? >> it had to be started somewhere. they told us it had to be between two major cities. >> uh-huh. >> fresno and bakersfield. >> yeah, true. >> and that is the only two cities to reach between with the $6 billion that we had and that had to thereby. >> uh. >> secondly h to be near the maintenance base. it has to be in the middle of the system. here in fresno. >> okay. >> and third, it had to be on a piece of track that was
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straight enough and long enough so can you exercise the trains and test them at full speed, 220 miles an hour. >> uh. >> and the only place to have the straight long track is between bakers phil and fresno. >> okay. how is it going to interact with the current amtrak system? >> for an interim period of time, the amtrak system will use the tracks until we get the connect to l.a. and the bay area, making it then profitable. >> uh-huh. >> the amtrak will use the tracks between bakersfield and fresno. >> okay and there is a hoof speed rail conference happening in l.a. in december. >> yeah. >> and on their website, they have the map of what the plan is. california's not doing bad. we're in the beginning of this and eventually, everything is going to be up and running hopefully or get going by 20:30 in the nation. >> i'm speaking at the conditions. >> what are you going to tell them? >> keep it up.
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>> what is the focus? >> there are 13 high-speed corridors in the nation. we're not by ourselves. two in the northeast quarter and in florida, texas, chicago, st. louis and california. we're the most advanced of all of those. >> okay. >> we're showing them how to do it. thank you for being here and giving us the update. i look forward to getting on the train. soon. >> okay, in the meantime, the mineta transportation institute, they are located in san jose and can you get them on the website at that is okay. >> thank you. >> thank you.
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. welcome back. local author barbara rose booker merged her considerable writing talent with the passion to end the bias against aging, here, here. the best seller, the viagra diaries, explore dating, relationships&at age 70. hbo offered to turn it into a tv series. she wrote two more romances and the tv deal got shake.
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a better one is brewing. for an update, we welcome barbara rose brooker. how does a local girl make this happen? >> oh, my gosh. you have to believe in what you want. >> uh-huh. >> and then it happens. >> as long as you know some people and they can help you long the. >> reporter: -- way. >> waited 35 years and since i'm 76 and i want to be a movie star and i have been writing for 35 years, but it's happening now. that is the fun of it. >> the interesting thing, too, you said you were open enough to say you were 76. you look great for 76. >> thank you. >> a lot of people at 76, doesn't matter what they look like. >> yeah. >> they say it's too late for me to do anything. to start something, start a business to write a book. >> try to have a series what, have you? >> exactly. >> and you say to them? >> i say that is really sad that you're going into the system. an antiage system who said that we have to botox ourselves and
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get hair extensions and look look the moreon housewives. >> in new jersey, you have to give them a break this week. >> oh. and i know. i lied about my age, too, and i started thinking i am not going to la jolla about my age. >> i agree with you. i think being open is fun. the only thing, you're dealing with an economy that is tough. >> let's find out what is going with the book. you wrote the book "the viagra diaries," it was like six six in the city for grown up women. >> right. right. >> set in san francisco, which was fun. when you read it, you know the woman really lives here and knows the territory, okay. you have kind of an offer into a deal with hbo. it didn't fizzle out, but it kind of has hitches along the way. what has been the problem? >> what happened, first of all, i self-published a novel. >> uh. >> my former publishers would not read a book about a 70-year- old and said no one's going to
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be interested. then simon schuster read the book and i reright it -- rewrote it and it's coming up. and then for a series, goldie hawn was going to play the part of annie appleo baum. she left, i don't know what the deal was, she is gone and things fizzled. >> did she get a better offer in. >> no. no. >> however, they renewed the option and they looking again for someone to play her. >> uh. >> diane keaton? >> they talked to her. who knows. who knows what really goes on. they don't talk to me, the producer tells me what is going o. >> meanwhile, you were in the process of writing two other books. >> i finished them. >> love sometimes. >> yes. >> and the other one, you have to tell me the title. this is the one that was the head turner for the other, was it abc? >> abc. >> okay, and the title is called? >> should i sleep in his dead wife's bed.
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>> all righty then. okay. [ laughter ] >> that is catchy. >> well that is good, because, susan, all of these boomer men, when you're out, there they want to replace you in their dead wye's bed and they want younger versions. >> uh-huh. >> so ied to someone one day, i am tired of dating these boomer moreons, you know, they want to replace me. >> you're not talking about the actual mattress itself. >> right. right. all right. >> and this is centering on a grownup heroin? >> yes. yes. >> is she 70? 76? older or younger? >> she's actually 68. >> 68? >> i sold out a little. >> and this may happen on abc? >> it's being optioned. >> as a tv series? >> as a tv series. >> who might play -- the same heroin? >> no. >> okay. >> it's totally different? >> who would play her? >> well, i'm not supposed to tell. >> come on. >> okay. jamie lee curtis has signed in. >> oh. she's great.
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>> she has been a bump, she's been a love interest for mark harmon on ncis. >> she's great. she's natural, you know, not afraid of age. >> yeah. >> you know. >> and she's not all plumped up. >> you have been doing these marches against ageism. >> my age march. >> you plan to do ago one? >> yes, i am. i need to do the funning. >> you need to be out there ready to walk. >> yeah. >> and they have to be in shape, anyway. where they saying i am 29 or whatever it is in. >> i am. >> your real age? >> yeah. >> celebrate. >> and my question is this: you have this deal going possibly with abc. >> yes. >> the hbo thing is not dead in the water. >> no. >> it could come alive again. >> yeah. >> and maybe diane keaton will come back. >> me, too. >> and these things are happening. you know when you get that on. >> yes. >> people are going to watch and see. >> yes. >> isn't it easier in a way, even though it's a harder process, to get the attitudes, the real attitudes. >> uh.
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>> to really change? >> yes. >> from a the show that goes well? >> yes. >> versus a march that said i have to get my sneakers ---- . >> yes. yes. and there is a real difference there. i think if the series is portrayed authentically and where everything is possible at any age, be who you are. >> uh-huh. >> and, at the same time, the age march, come celebrate who you are. your real age. i think any movement will eventually slowly make change. >> and do you think it's harder to sell the idea -- i believe if you don't believe in what you're going to, do it won't happen. >> it won't. people say it's nice to believe. there is less opportunity off or more ageism, or younger people out of college and there is -- they on their parent's
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couch? >> that's right. you think i like saying i'm 76. i'm going around. usually i get a response, well, good girl, sweety and 70s the new 50. what you're saying, basically, is that you, this is a hard time. >> it's a hard time. >> a hard time. >> for everyone across the board. young and old. >> yes. yes. i still think, susan, like racism, i call it age racism. i still think that we have got to change it. >> uh-huh. >> once people who are in their 70s or 80s or 60s or what, we're going to have an incredible society. >> uh-huh. >> and let's face it. people don't set up on the porch. you going to be 50 -- . >> y tell people in 15 minutes you're going to be 50. it's good to support this.
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it will be ready for you when you get there. >> that is true. >> we're going to let people know that you do a one-woman show and you're going to do one at the commonwealth club? >> november 15th. >> and that is thursday november 15th 515 at the commonwealth club in san francisco and barbara and all of her projects and what is happening next s. it goldy or diane or susie , whatever, at barbara rose that is keep us posted. >> thank you, susan. >> thank you. i will. >> local older girl makes bliss. >> thank you. >> stay with us. more ahead.
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. welcome back. it's a film festival that provides a manageable amount of the truth and will present 50 films around the world and opens year 11 on november 8th. he's a sample. >> recently, i painted charles dickens, tattooed girls, tupac, tattooed guys, religious figures, big and small, the buddha, regal people and those are the people i'm interested
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in. >> all people. >> those are my people just a moment i paint working class people as a way to glorify, you know, the everyday man. people who really stepped out of their culture and understanding and things like love and rap and compact. those people are really, valley in-- really, really inspiring to me. i wish i could be bold as someone like gandhi and jesus. that is my working class. >> okay, for details of this year's program, we welcome the executive producer and founder of the indy fest, the branchoff, jeff ross. >> hi. >> hi, good have for being here. >> thank you for having me. >> i'm a big fan of documentary films. you have to get the real thing. >> yes. >> and you say to people in. >> in 2000, i noticed that a lot of people were passionate about documentaries. >> yeah. >> and too often going into
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class. and -- the music and art and acting, the weird whacky characters. they're one of our favorites. >> good character. people love getting into that. the documentary films, you never know what is going happen. it's not scripted. >> reporter: know. that is the thing. we'll get to that in a second. >> yeah. >> and look at another sample first. >> in is a documentary about a gay couple getting married. >> okay, let's take a look. >> what is the secret to staying in love for 25 years? >> do whatever he said. >> he's right. >> in november of 2010, they settled on a plan to celebrate
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their quarter century of love, to protect -- who wish to marry and ensure they themselves would be as ally -- fully married as their country would allow. >> steven and i met at north texas state university in 1985. >> in texas, the buckle of the bible belt. >> it was love at first light. >> there were states that had started legalizing gay marriage, and we said wouldn't that be fun if we got married on our 25th anniversary? >> since new york would not let them marry, they eloped quietly in connecticut. if they were a straight couple, that wedding would be legally valid across the entire world. but since 45 states and the federal government denied their marriage, they decided one wedding was not enough. >> i said we should go to all of the states we're allowed to get married. >> obviously, can you sit them down as we see and interview them and get what you want to get. to move the thing along.
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>> right. >> and you're shooting the truth. >> yeah. >> and talking and those are not professional actors. they real people? >> thing comes up. they can change the whole direction of the film. this is exciting about the documentary film making. >> do they tend to like that or -- >> well, it seemed like it made it different than writing a narrative film. you wrote the script and know what is going to happen. with these, you have no idea and this is great you chose the films. at wish them, important, you know, interesting characters and an art film about the artist. and talking about their work as artists. so, you know, the local films and issue films. >> we don't have anymore time with you. >> okay. >> and a great opportunity to do this. >> i'm glad you do this n. a festival-rich area like the bay area, that is good you're in there doing it.
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>> thank you. >> the dock fest is november 8th through the 21st. call 1-800-838-3006 or log on to we'll leave you now with the best of the jason becker. i'm susan sikora, thanks for watching. ♪ [ music playing ]
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Bay Area Focus With Susan Sikora
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